COLERAIN TWP. – As if the Larger Miami Convention wanted reminding of who’s king, Colerain blew the doors off visiting Sycamore, 42-0, winning its 61st consecutive conference game, a streak that dates back to October of 2008.
It’s the first shutout since 2009 for Sycamore (3-1, 1-1), a team that prior to Friday, had garnered arguably more attention than its Week 4 challenger.
“That (Associated Press) poll came out (which had Sycamore and Lakota East both receiving votes) and we weren’t even ‘others receiving votes,'” said Colerain coach Tom Bolden. “We hung that up all over the locker (room); that’s staying up all over the locker (room). Our kids came out tonight with a chip on their shoulder. There was no question about that.”
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Colerain senior quarterback Gunnar Leyendecker said, “We noticed that. They were 3-0, they had a great year last year and they were coming in here and we knew what we had to do and that’s what we did.”
Colerain (2-2, 2-0), uncharacteristically, had just one rushing touchdown after three weeks of football.
Even going against Sycamore’s defense — which entered Friday having allowed just seven total points and an average of 103 total yards per game — the Colerain ground game got going officially behind the powerful shoulders of junior running back/linebacker Ivan Pace Jr.
Of the 338 yards, Colerain gained, 321 of those came on the ground. Pace led Colerain, wearing its all-black uniforms, with 160 yards on 12 carries and four touchdowns.
The suffix attached to the conclusion of Pace’s name is as necessary as it is important. His father, Ivan Pace Sr., a 1995 Colerain grad, also starred for the Cardinals on the gridiron.
“He was a heck of a football player here,” Bolden said of…